Here are a few quick pointers to start PvP-ing and hunting on Rust. This is not a basic survival guide. Rather a few good ways to start your painful adventure without knowledge of the more advanced weaponry.
The Bow Edit
The Bow is very simple to make and will help you Tons during your first stages of Rust. Now, you may be like me, i thought the bow was worthless at first But that's because i didn't know how to use it. the first thing you want to do is go out when it's safe, and practice on docile animals, Preferably a pig. start at 10 feet, then go up by 10 feet every time to hit a pig. after you've mastered at the very least 50-70 feet with the bow, it's time to move on. Start hitting faster and smaller targets, then finally, move onto hostile creatures. it takes two hits to down a wolf. a wolf can run 10 feet before you can fire an arrow. therefore, you should give yourself at least 40 feet of room between you and a wolf.
Also, the bow is a silent weapon. which makes all the difference if you don't want to be spotted by another player.
The Pipe Shotgun Edit
The pipe is not effective on its own, but here's a strategy that makes the pipe actually quite effective.
Make at least three of them. The pipe has a ridiculous reload time. So if you make three, and put them in your hot bar. You can get three shots in before needing to reload, and three shots is enough to take down someone in Kevlar at point blank range.
The pipe only needs one shot for a pesky wolf, and two shots for a bear. making this a great emergency weapon if you're in a hurry.
Now obviously any gun will easily overpower even 100 pipes. So this method is only useful if you do not have the resources to craft a gun.
This is also a very excellent and super cheap way to hunt rad-imals.
And remember, the pipe, like any other ranged weapon aside from the bow, gives off a loud bang. So be prepared to fight or run from any players that might hear you. Because they will hear you.
Also, the pipe shotgun's range nearly makes it a melee weapon, so don't go sniping people with it, you will fail, and if they have a ranged weapon, you will also die.
The Revolver Edit
The revolver is about as useful as the pipe. as it has much more range, but is very weak and uses 9mm ammo, which can be tricky to craft if you need metal fragments for something else. i would recommend using the revolver only against things you need range for. like attempting to PvP, but this gun only comes effective in PvP if you shoot them and severely damage them before they have time to react.
The Hatchet Edit
The hatchet is useful in Pvp only against another melee opponent. the hatchet is also very useful against docile creatures. and i would recommend using the hatchet or bow to hunt docile creatures as they do not make sound past a few feet.
So there you have it, a basic guide with the weapons you are given from the start. I would recommend you use # three's method to hunt rad animals, They will give you the blueprints to create modable weapons. Don't forget to raid buildings or even other people for the ammo you need for a certain gun.
And remember, this guide is only for starting out. once you find more advanced weaponry and attachments, every tip on this page effectively becomes useless.
Have fun out there, and happy rusting.